Planning a Sunday brunch in San Francisco can be an exciting time, but it isn’t that exciting when you’re listening to your friends talk about their exciting Saturday night while you’re slaving away in the kitchen. Going to a friendly local restaurant might be fun and games, but if you really enjoy cooking, hosting your own brunch can be much more fun. There are five good tips you can follow in order to plan an amazing Sunday brunch.

Plan a Sunday Brunch

Get Everything Together the Night Before

You’re going to need plates, napkins, glasses, and silverware. If you get all of these things together and set the table the night before the brunch, you won’t be rushing around to get it done in the morning.

Cook the Night Before

If you’re making a breakfast casserole or quiche, you can actually make it the night before, then throw it in the oven in the morning. There are even make-ahead recipes that are meant to be cooked that way. Even if you only combine the ingredients and throw it in the fridge overnight, you’re knocking out those 30 minutes of prep time and allowing yourself more time in the morning for other preparations.

Make the Cocktails Early

Making a couple of mixed drinks might sound simple, but you might find yourself running to the store just a few minutes before your party is supposed to start. Put together a pitcher of mimosas the night before to save yourself time and trouble.

Skip the Pancakes

While everyone loves pancakes, you’re going to make a ridiculous amount for 10 people. Instead of making a giant stack of flapjacks, make some French toast or scones instead. French toast or scones will even give your brunch a fancier appearance than pancakes.

Don’t Forget the Main Point

The entire point of hosting a Sunday brunch is to spend time with your family, friends, or both. Don’t get caught up in the details. Keep the focus on your guests and having a wonderful time.

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